And you really think that Barrett is going to tell the truth about anything
adverse having to do with the pharmaceutical industry? LOL.
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From: "Eric Entemann" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:40 PM
Subject: Re: mercury and autism
> Quackwatch article on thimerosol and autism:
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> From: Michael H Goldhaber <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: mercury and autism
> Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 16:07:34 -0800
> Given the debate about Thimerosol, I thought this report, published in
> that disreputable capitalist rag, the NY Times, and undoubtedly based on
> a study financed by Big Phish, lends an ironic note.
> February 27, 2007 New York Times
> VITAL SIGNS
> Nutrition: Study Questions Limits on Fish in Pregnancy
> By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
> The Food and Drug Administration advises pregnant women to avoid eating
> certain fish entirely, because they may contain unsafe levels of
> methylmercury, and to limit seafood to 12 ounces, or about two servings,
> a week. But a British report, published in The Lancet on Feb. 17,
> suggests that this may not be the best advice.
> In an observational study of more than 8,000 pregnant women and their
> children, the researchers found that the children whose mothers ate less
> than 12 ounces of seafood a week were about 45 percent more likely to
> fall into the lowest 25 percent in I.Q.
> The researchers had the mothers fill out questionnaires about their diet
> during pregnancy and then report periodically on their children through
> age 8. After controlling for more than two dozen diet and other
> variables, the researchers found that greater maternal intake of omega-3
> fatty acids in fish was associated with better fine motor development,
> more prosocial behavior and better social development.
> They found no evidence that a mother's consumption of more than 12 ounces
> of seafood a week had any adverse effect on a child's development.
> "The risks of methylmercury in seafood, many scientists think, have been
> radically overestimated in an effort to protect children," said Dr.
> Joseph R. Hibbeln, the lead author of the study. "The problem with the
> formulation of the advisory is that there was no calculation of the
> benefits of seafood."
> Dr. Hibbeln, a researcher at the United States Public Health Service,
> declined to provide diet recommendations. "We are not offering advice,"
> he said, "just doing a scientific study to provide information to the
> other agencies that formulate advice."
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